Burlington students honor Dr. Seuss through readingPublished 12:55am Sunday, March 3, 2013
BURLINGTON — There were many hats, but no cats, in Mrs. Terkhorn’s classroom, as the children zoomed through their books to learn.
Burlington Elementary School students in Lois Terkhorn’s first grade class brought out their books to celebrate the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” on Friday. The day coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which was a day later on Saturday.
“I’ve done this for several years now,” Terkhorn said. “This year I did something special and splurged for the kids a little by buying them each a hardback copy of a Dr. Seuss book. I did it to honor my aunt, who was a teacher and who made me want to become one as well.”
Terkhorn bought enough books to give the children the choice between “The Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who” or “Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!” She said she wanted them to have options to ensure they got the book they wanted.
Parents were invited to come and read to the class during the event. One of the parents, Stacy Dickess, said she had to move some stuff around to be able to come and read, but it was worth it because she feels reading is very important.
“I try to do everything Reagan is involved in to be a part of her life,” Dickess said. “Reading is also very important so it was really a win-win. I grew up reading and my daughters are great readers.”
Reagan Dickess said she was happy to have her mom come and read to them because she loves to read herself.
“I love reading,” Reagan said. “I love Dr. Seuss’ books. My favorite is “Green Eggs and Ham” because it is funny.”
The students were engaged in the readings, laughing when the readers would stumble a little on the tongue-twisting rhymes of Seuss. They also enjoyed cupcakes and juice after the parents were done reading.
Terkhorn said when she moved back to teaching first grade she made it a point to make sure her students read out loud every day. And to keep that going, when the students were done with their snacks, they had to read a book themselves to wrap up the Dr. Seuss-themed party.